No summer is complete without the essentials — sunscreen, flip flops, and a good vacation read. The Better Care Playbook’s summer reading list can catch you up on the latest innovations in improving care for people with complex needs. Check out these recent top blog posts and resource summaries on the Playbook.
- Applying Research Evidence to Support Complex Care Program Design: Seven Lessons from the Field - Shares key themes from a panel discussion that explored how to translate research findings into decision making for complex care program design and improvements.
- Promoting High-Value Care through Telehealth - Features a conversation with Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, that explores opportunities to use value-based payment strategies to support telehealth for people with complex needs.
- Supporting Older Adults’ Social Needs Through Partnerships Between Area Agencies on Aging and Health Care Organizations – Explores new research that sheds light on the strategies Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) use to create and maintain partnerships with health care entities.
- Health Plan Perspectives on Using Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits to Support Family Caregivers - Highlights the efforts of two Medicare Advantage plans ― UCare in Minnesota and UPMC Health Plan in Pennsylvania ― to provide supplemental benefits to family caregivers.
- Rethinking Benefits and Incentives to Drive Equity for Black Patients During Serious Illness - Explores what too often goes wrong for Black patients during a serious illness, and how Medicare incentives and requirements could help address these alarming issues.
- Complex Care for Uninsured Populations: Regional One Health’s ONE Health Program - Profiles a Tennessee-based program that focuses on providing whole-person care for uninsured individuals and has achieved reductions in emergency department and inpatient care.
- ACO and Social Service Organization Partnerships: Payment, Challenges, and Perspectives - Shares perspectives from accountable care organization leaders on payment mechanisms used with social service organizations, challenges experienced, and the impacts of these partnerships.
- The Potential for Bias in Machine Learning and Opportunities for Health Insurers to Address It - Identifies how health insurers’ use of machine learning can create opportunities for bias and outlines strategies to help insurers increase fairness to reduce health inequities and racial disparities.
- Mechanisms for Community Health Worker Action on Patient-, Institution-, and Community-Level Barriers to Primary Care in a Safety-Net Setting - Explores the impact of community health worker services provided within a primary care setting to address barriers to equitable care.
- Permanent Supportive Housing with Housing First: Findings from a Community Guide Systematic Economic Review - Finds the benefit-to-cost ratio of 1:8:1 when evaluating the economic impacts of permanent supportive housing programs.
- Serious Illness Strategies: Driving Value in High-Need Populations – Outlines key implementation strategies for health plans, accountable care organizations, and health systems to improve care for people with serious illness.
- Care Management for Serious Mental Illness: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – Demonstrates that care management interventions were associated with improvements in mental health, quality of life, and patient satisfaction and reductions in psychiatric inpatient days for people with serious mental illness.